29Jan 29 Jan., 2017. 4th Sunday, Year A

Theme: The beatitudes are the basic Christian ideals for living, not a set of rules to avoid God’s punishment. They aim to raise our vision above the limits of self-interest and gain.

1st Reading: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13

I will leave

22Jan 22 January, 2017. 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr

1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3

Isaiah foretells a Saviour for the people who walked in darkness

In the former time God brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the …

15Jan 15 January. 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Ita, Virgin

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

God is preparing his people Israel to become a light for all nations

The Lord said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

And now the …

08Jan 08 January, 2017. The Baptism of the Lord

1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

A courageous servant of God will help others to keep the Covenant

Thus says the Lord:
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit …

01Jan 01 January. Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

A very Happy New Year, 2017!

1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27

A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: …

25Dec 25 December, 2016. The Nativity of Our Lord

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1st Reading. Isaiah 9:2-7

God promises a saviour to rescue his people from darkness and

18Dec 18 December, 4th Sunday of Advent

50 years ago I was ordained a priest, by archbishop John Charles McQuaid. The half century since 1966 has seen many changes, and challenges too, both in society and in our church, but also many blessings for which to be

11Dec 11 December, 3rd Sunday of Advent

How hard it is for those in authority to tolerate dissent… and people (or “whistle-blowers”) who dare to criticise the powers-that-be can expect to be harshly treated. At great risk to his life, John the Baptist castigated the authorities of …

04Dec 04 December, 2nd Sunday of Advent

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27Nov 27 November. First Sunday of Advent

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